Icy Tree

Happy new year! What is your resolution?

It’s January 5th and I’ve yet to say Happy New Year, or boast about my New Years Resolutions. I have never really placed much emphasis on resolutions, because in my opinion they are a bit of a waste of time to dwell on.

Resolution by definition, is a decision to do, or not to do. To solve a problem in your life, or simply go for a goal you have been putting off. I’ve heard it said, “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the PRESENT.” I am not entirely sure who wrote that, since many people have quoted it, but it is such a true statement. We do not know what tomorrow brings, so how can we plan out our resolve for the entire year?

Hamlet said, “To be, or not to be, that is the question.” I believe a good resolution is to simply “be”. To be in the moment, treasure it, and make the most of it. I have a habit of making super long to do lists each day, and with this comes much stress. I find that if I make small reachable goals each day, and then learn to find the beauty in each day, I am happier for it. Rome wasn’t built in a day you know ….

Most resolutions people make are very specific in nature. Things like – I am going to lose 25 pounds this year, or get that big promotion. Most times this leads to disappointment because we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to conquer this resolution, rather than take small goals to make each day better. How about replacing the specific with, “I am going to start being more aware of my diet each day, and walk as much as a I can, to be healthier.” Eventually things work themselves out.

I am not saying we should not make goals. The bible says that without vision the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18) We have to have a purpose. Everyday is a gift in itself, so do not be discouraged if you do not meet your goal right away, or if you slip up and it takes years to achieve your goal. Simply make small reachable goals along the way, and enjoy your journey. Make today the best day you can, you never know what tomorrow will bring. There are many blessings to be had aside from our long to do lists. God is always doing new things in our lives, but sometimes we are too busy to notice them. The Lord gave me this verse for the year. In a sense He was telling me to slow down and be more observant because He has something wonderful to show me, regardless of how bleak life’s circumstances can sometimes seem.

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

Sometimes our circumstances can seem like a death sentence. Like thick ice on a once beautiful tree, can make spring seem like an eternity away. But under that ice was once a beautiful tree. Sometimes when the sun shines on the ice covered tree, it can appear so beautiful. We know that eventually, with patience, spring will return. Sometimes looking forward to a dream, is more fun than actually reaching it. Hold onto whatever vision God has given you, it WILL come to pass.

God is telling us this year to have faith. Faith doesn’t say that our circumstances will immediately improve, but that God will bring us THROUGH our wintry hour, into the next season of our lives, much stronger and wiser than before. There is a time and a season for everything in our lives, we just need patience to walk through them, and realize blessings through each season. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

If it was summer all of the time in Canada, I would probably take it for granted. I would never have known the fun of playing in the snow while I waited for summer to come back. We would never know true victory, without first having to go through a battle. So this new year, I resolve to have faith in my journey, and treat each day as the gift that it is. There is no perfect time to start a resolution, and it’s never too late to have faith. Happy New Year!

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